London Part 3: The London Eye

The London Eye is another highlight for tourists. An adult ticket costs £22.50 and for 20 to 30 mins, you are able to see the most amazing views of the city.

London is quite an expensive place to visit and the queues are often very long. However, there are many offers you may find useful when travelling London. One is to buy a London Pass (https://www.londonpass.com), which enables you to get discounts on tickets and faster entry (although I think you cannot use this for the London Eye at the moment). The other option, which we used, was the National Rail 2 for 1 offer. If you are travelling by train, you can get 2 for 1 entry on many popular attractions and activities in London (https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/2for1-london). This site also offers discounts in other cities (I have used this site when visiting Bath) so it is one to remember. We bought our tickets online to get faster entry at a 7pm slot, although we still had to wait five to ten minutes in the hot sunshine.

The first thing you notice when you queue is how magnificent the structure is; it is incredibly large! When it was our turn, we were told to step into the slowly moving pod as we begin our journey. Each pod carries about 10 people. Also, the pods are air conditioned which felt lovely at this very hot time!

There are lots of people taking photographs and admiring the views, overlooking the River Thames, the Big Ben, London Bridge and much more!

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We learnt afterwards that when we queued, we were in the wrong area. This meant we missed out on our “4D experience” included with our tickets! I am quite interested to see what that would have been like – what kind of smells would be included in the 4D experience.

I think the London Eye is a good place to go to if this is your first visit to London, especially as it gives you a broad view of the cityscape and is very good for photo taking. It isn’t necessarily somewhere which demands a repeat visit. If you do go, and you are travelling to London by train, I definitely think you should purchase your tickets using the National Rail 2 for 1 offer – it is a great saving.

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